(above by Nicole Ray)
I wanted to take a second today to talk about one of DA's favorite sponsors. Fish Indie is a really great ad network we're a part of that helps artists and crafters stand out when trying to sell their work online. All you need to do is paste a link from your Etsy shop, and Fish Indie takes it from there. In seconds your banner is automatically generated for you with your product's image, description, and price. Your ad instantly goes live across Doodlers Anonymous and other fellow sites, like Illustration Friday, Brown Paper Bag, and Pikaland. It's a totally stress-free way to have your Etsy shop seen by an audience relevant to you.
Here are some talented artists that we wouldn't have discovered if they weren't on Fish Indie:
To the Moon and Back by Sarah Trumbauer
Soul Biology by Ursula Hart
Lola by Nicole Canovas
Ice Cream Print by The Midnight Rabbit
Lush by Nati
Day of the Dead Skull by Emily Wegener
Sleepy Hedgehog Illustration by Ucuspucus
Sarah Nicolas Williams was born in the wilderness of Vermont and raised in Virginia's Shenandoah valley. The woods of her childhood seep into her graceful indian ink and watercolor vignettes and blur the boundaries of her backyard. Sophisticated woodland animals in polished brass buttons enjoy a slice of cherry pie, or recline on a moonlit hammock, with the utmost civility. Soothing images of nature in repose. Brought to you, brought to me, by UncommonGoods.
The Essential Draw showcase challenge is over. We have a winner, but before I get into congratulating them I'd like to share some really cool news I just received courtesy of our sponsor. The awesome folks at TOM BIHN appreciated your "essential" doodles so much that they'd like to offer all of you that participated a limited edition Organizer Pouch in exchange for your drawing. Mail your doodle, along with your return address to:
TOM BIHN Attention: Doodles 4750A Ohio Ave S Seattle, WA 98134
and they'll send you the Organizer Pouch. The really cool part: your doodles will be put on permanent display in their Seattle factory. Amazing!
A round of applause to all 70 of you, with a special cheer to Mr. Ramsey O'Brien who took the top spot with 64 of your votes (his submission above). Cheers! Now sharpen those pencils and ready those pens, we've got another sweet challenge going live next week. Subscribe to our RSS and Twitter feed for updates.
Adrienne Vita's ink, watercolor, acrylic and gouache illustrations capture and promote everything good and true -- coexistence, wanderlust, individuality, friendship and family. Her beautiful menagerie of wild animals are seeped in color and pattern-- they're warm and bright and comforting in image and message. Adrienne says each piece comes from her intuition and meditations. Viewers can't help but become admirers, and admirers can't help but feel a sense of peace. Thank you to UncommonGoods for making the acquaintance.
Red lips, rouged cheeks, and that certain je ne sais quoi that is oh-so-French, Valerie Galloway's giclee prints capture the glamor and spirit of post-war Paris. Saturated in pattern and charm and the pull of delicate nostalgia, you can almost see the yellowed, worn-edged family photos which inspired her. What an uncommon find I just discovered at UncommonGoods.
How do you get from A to B and everywhere in between? Showcase #17 challenges you to share your mode of transport -- doodle your ride! Skateboard, segway, scooter, canoe, minivan, sports car, bicycle, whatever! You ride it, you draw it.
Thanks to the folks at Thumbtack Press, and their incredible online store of wall to wall art prints for sponsoring this month's showcase.
Deadline fast approaching (April 25th). Go here for prize and submission details »
We're pleased as pie that our friends at Blik are sponsoring Doodlers Anonymous again in their search for amazing illustrators. It's a win-win: selected DA artists get a sweet gig (cha-ching), and Blik gets to collaborate with some of the most stupendous creatives around. (Us? biased?) See for yourself. Below are some images of the current project -- wall installations for the groundbreaking LA radio station KCRW. DA n' Blik = milk n' honey.
Interested? Submit your website link to Doodlers@whatisblik.com and we'll get back to you, if you and a project make a good fit.
Scott Flora, Blik's co-founder, describes the project in his own words...
We are incredibly inspired by the artwork created by Doodlers Anonymous artists from as far away as the UK and Germany for a collaborative BLIK Studio custom project. We are working with the groundbreaking LA radio station KCRW which reaches 500,000 listeners each week and is credited with introducing such artists as Beck, Coldplay and Norah Jones to the world. Together with Jim Bradshaw, Greg Kletsel, Diana Kohne, Muxxi, Olly Gibbs and Sophie Roach, BLIK is creating art for interior and exterior walls of the stations' offices and studio. The project is currently underway and is slated to be installed and completed this Spring.
Incredible! We can't wait to see pics of the real thing installed.